19 July, 2017
We've known for a while that Legendary Pokemon won't be gym defenders, but the new update finally adds the mechanics needed to make this change happen.
Mew and Celebi are the Mythical Pokemon of the first two generations.
Pokemon GO Fest is about to kick off on July 22, 2017, at various locations across the globe. Dataminers found new image assets related to "Legendary Raids", including a special raid icon and a special victory banner for when players beat a Legendary Raid.
The new update confirms that Legendary Pokemon will be distributed via high-level raids.
The new update also contains several new lines of code related to how players can use Legendary Pokemon after they've caught them. These are separate from normal Raid Tickets, where they contain details, a picture, event time, and Google Maps directions.
In a new Pokemon GO update that landed this week, Niantic has made a small change that makes defending Gyms that bit easier.
Here's the headline, basically: players will now be able to heal their own Pokemon from afar in gyms.
Trainers can send berries to their Pokemon defending a Gym from the information screen.
Further adjustments include allowing players to spin the Photo Disc at Gyms after completing a Raid Battle, something that, for one reason or another, wasn't possible before. However, the motivation gained by your Pokemon this way will be less effective than the motivation gained when you give them Berries while you are physically around the Pokemon gym.
As everyone who plays the game, or is a fan of Pokemon general, Legendary Pokemon are the very rare and extremely powerful kinds as seen from the original games. This could potentially provide clever players a chance to jump in and seize the Gym's control from others who haven't made a decision to go to the Gym in person.
Raid Battle timers now function as intended.
Giving berries is now easier than ever, which will make toppling gyms a little more hard.